As the world emerges from a pandemic and we attempt to renew some semblance of normality, we are forced to assess what we have achieved during the long periods of lockdown and isolation.
Rather than focus on the negative aspects of our privations, we should instead look forward, using the return to ordinary life as an opportunity to revisit our own health and wellbeing in general.
One of the many lessons we can all learn from the pandemic is that it pays to stay healthy. It’s a sad truth that systemic health and social inequality has contributed to the risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic has acted as a wake-up call. It’s been a reminder to us all of the importance to look after ourselves.
In a recent survey, 79 percent of respondents said they thought wellness was important with 42 percent believing it to be a top priority. Experts estimate the global wellness market to be worth more than $1.5 trillion, with an annual growth of 5 to 10 percent.
Before the coronavirus pandemic struck, health and wellness in the workplace were already top of mind for many CEOs. As recently as 2017, an article published by ASAE identified a link between employee participation in wellness programs and the CEO’s own participation.
As more people are receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations, our daily lives are opening up step by step. Rather than going ‘back to normal’ we now have an opportunity to redefine what we consider to be normal.
Effective vaccines will prevent many of us from getting physically sick or even losing our lives from COVID-19. But what about the effects on our mental health?